Tight final as men clinch Blackstones Rosebowl

Blackstones Bowls Club tournament. Bet Vellam presenting the winners trophy to Martin Stokes, left, Adam Warrington, centre, and Martyn Dolby.'Photo: MSMP-02-08-13 SP Bowls Stamford 1
Blackstones Bowls Club tournament. Bet Vellam presenting the winners trophy to Martin Stokes, left, Adam Warrington, centre, and Martyn Dolby.'Photo: MSMP-02-08-13 SP Bowls Stamford 1
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More than sixty players competed for the prestigious Blackstones Rosebowl with the final ending in a traditional battle of the sexes.

With 22 rinks of triples, from across the region, battling it out in two sections, local favourites Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby (Blackstones) and Martin Stokes from Moulton Harrox comfortably topped their group unbeaten, compiling 38 points wins of 18-2 and 24-1.

In the other half of the draw, Blackstones, Ryhall, Wittering and Peterborough bowlers were all in contention until the Ketton trio of Joyce Foster, Connie Cox and Glenys Edwards secured a place in the final.

In the eight-end final, the home trio piled woods into the head early on but some exceptional bowling from the women earned them a 6-3 lead with two ends to play.

Warrington drew a second shot on the penultimate end to trail 5-6 before his rink held four on a long jack leaving Edwards needing to wrestle the shot away for the title. However, her perfectly weighted bowl drifted just wide.

Oakham Bowling Club

Oakham Bowling Club have completed a double over Leicester Banks, winning 90-68 away from home on Thursday and then winning by a single point on Sunday.

Oakham boasted two heavy winning rinks skipped by Chris Wallis and Norman Coville - 17 and 12 shots respectively.

The rink skipped by Chris Wallis scored a hot shot (8 shots on 1 end) repeating this rare feat just seven days after Gail Robertson’s Oakham rink managed the same at Market Overton.

Scores: David Morgan, Terry Thurman, Bob Swarbrick and Chris Wallis won 31-14; Chris Walker, Robin Sims, Rod Stanley and Norman Coville won 25-13; Lyn Walters, Mike Hardy, Barrie Payne and Bob Hammond drew 16-16; Robin Bickers, John Moore, Gail Robertson and Alan Jones lost 18-25.

To complete the double, the Sunday mixed team overcame Leicester Banks at home by the narrowest of margins.

All the games were close with Oakham’s only victory achieved by the rink skipped by Eddie Owen. But it proved enough for a 65-64 win.

Scores: David Morgan, Brenda Lang, Beryl Birch and Eddie Owen won 17-13; Rod Stanley, Roger Rowlands, Ros Carter and Jenny Bateman drew 18-18; Kath Rowlands, Barbara Phillips and Chris Smith lost 13-14; Michael Timms, Alice Wells, Ray Wilkins and Ivan Lang lost 17-19.